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Coronavirus - Call to stop using sky lanterns to show support for NHS

Coronavirus - Call to stop using sky lanterns to show support for NHS

Published by David Dunning at 6:38am 15th April 2020.

Sky lanterns plea from firefighters

  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is asking people to stop letting sky lanterns fly into the air to support the NHS.
  • It comes after concerns that they will start fires when they land again.
  • Firefighters have highlighted the dangers associated with releasing sky lanterns.

The Fire and Rescue service in North Yorkshire is asking people to stop letting sky lanterns fly into the air.

It comes after concerns that they will start fires when they land again.

The fire service is under a lot of pressure during the Covid 19 crisis.

Firefighters are being trained to drive ambulances to take patients to the new Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate - which opened during the weekend.

Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie warns that a recent increase in calls - to incidents such as garden fires - may hamper their efforts.

They want to make sure that Sky Lanterns don't add to the problems.

People have been using them to show support for the NHS at the weekly 'Clap for Carers'.